Naughty or nice? December 6, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Today is Sankt Nikolaus, the day where kids either find goodies in their boots they put out the night before or get visited at night by Nikolaus who kept book about them being naughty or nice and brings a switch (or: birch, which was for whipping) for the not so nice ones. Sounds familiar? Yeah, I guess this is where folks got the idea for Santa and the stockings while in Germany – at least…

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Rinse and Repeat November 29, 2012 – Posted in: Espace Tricot Patterns, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

American Thanksgiving came and went and with it the unavoidable PBS’s “A Very Monkey Christmas”. I almost cannot believe it has almost been a year since I posted about it, but here we go again! Also, just like last year I seem to be on top with getting my Christmas decoration on – this year I have a couple of favourites I want to share. (photos: cocoknitsdesigns, General Hogbuffer, Valley Yarns, rosemily) A little something…

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Breezing through November 22, 2012 – Posted in: On the Needles, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

Now that the task of knitting the Coat of Many Colors is done I have started a project for myself right away. Seriously, what you see in the pictures is five days worth of knitting – I have other, pressing projects (Advent Calendar, anyone?) to deal with, that’s why my new sweater has been neglected for the last two or three days. This is Flore by Julie Hoover: I am using the original yarn, Manos…

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On to the sleeves November 8, 2012 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

Knitting the Swirl Coat takes longer than I expected, mostly because I don’t get to knit much these days with the move last week and other stuff going on, only about 2 hours at night. Which is – when it comes to this project – not a lot. I think the joining of yarns cuts into the knitting time. Anyways, here it is as of today: I am knitting on the sleeves, am almost at…

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Swirling along and joining as I go October 25, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

I’m thinking in comparison to our Big News of moving next door my post today is going to be quite lame – unless you always wanted to know how to use the Russian Join? (I have long given up on figuring out why something is called “German”, “Russian” or “English” – wondering about names is just futile.) Anyways, I am knitting away on the “Coat of many Colors” and it is going swimmingly – if…

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Unexpected October 18, 2012 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

I have a new work in progress. I wasn’t really thinking about knitting it for myself, and I am not – it is a store sample. So far I am – how can I put it – enthralled? enchanted? captured? The “Coat of many Colors” is on my needles and right now I am desperately hoping I haven’t twisted the 568 stitches when joining in the round. (I have checked 5 times. I don’t think…

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Yellow Brick Road October 11, 2012 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

Fall is here. It cannot be denied. Yesterday was the best example for the cool, windy and rainy weather we will have to deal with more and more. Did you get out your scarves yet? Maybe some of the lighter ones – for what we Germans like to call the ‘transitional period’, meaning it is colder but not really cold, yet you need some extra warmth around your neck, for example, while a lighter coat…

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Don’t turn the heat on just yet… October 4, 2012 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

A few nights ago I was sitting on the couch watching TV and realized I felt a bit chilly. You know, not quite cold, but uncomfortable enough. So I grabbed one of the many blankets – or afghan, lapghan, whatever you want to call it – I have knit over the years and snuggled under it. If it is not really cold enough to turn on the heat, which I think it is not because…

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Sparkle up your Fall September 20, 2012 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

With Summer almost done – Fall starts officially this Saturday after all – I’m trying to squeeze as much knitting into the available free time as possible. It is somehow still not enough. What I am knitting on right now (among other things, of course) is a ballet wrap sweater for my daughter. She wants to be a ballerina for Halloween and every serious ballerina needs a sweater like that. I had some pink (not…

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